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Bonded and Genuine Leather: What’s the Difference?

October 19th, 2009
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During the course of a conversation with our customer service center at Concordia Publishing House a person asked,  “Can you ask Pastor McCain to post something on his blog about the difference between bonded leather and genuine leather?” Here you go. Bonded leather is manufactured from leather fibers scrapped from animal hides during the leather making process. These fibers are then formed into a sheet of leather-like materials using glues and bonding techniques. The result is a material that looks, smells and feels like a piece of leather, but is in fact, bonded leather fibers. It is less expensive than genuine leather and often people prefer it because it provides a leather-like experience for the book-buyer and user, but does not cost as much as real, genuine leather. It is not as strong as real leather and won’t last as long as genuine leather. Genuine leather is what the name states: genuine animal skin. The leather used on the genuine leather editions of The Lutheran Study Bible is pigskin, an extremely durable and strong leather, more so than cowhide. The bonded leather editions of The Lutheran Study Bible is made from cowhide fibers. Hope this helps!

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  1. Rev. Joel Kuhl
    October 19th, 2009 at 15:22 | #1

    I just received my copy of TLSB in genuine leather large print and I have to say that it is FANTASTIC!!! Wow… it is beautiful and the content is, well, you can use any superlative that you want.

    The genuine leather is very nice. I am glad I spent the couple of dollars more for it. However, I am surprised that CPH did not include an embossed Luther’s Rose on the front of the Bible… I don’t think it would have done anything detrimental to the leather, but maybe it would have. That is the only complaint I could make, other than that it is simply wonderful!

    Thank you CPH and thank you, Rev. McCain for suggesting the larger print… it is very nice on the eyes!

    God bless you on all continued work… it is very well received up here in Canada by all in the LCC!!!

    McCain response: Hi Joel, the problem is that for a nice sculpted seal like we created for TLSB’s, or any stamp, for that matter, to come out well on leather, the leather has to be much thicker than is the case on the leather covers for TLSB. Otherwise what you end up with is really just kind of a “cutting in” of the leather, not a nice sculpted look to the stamp and on a premium looking leather edition a badly formed and completed stamp would not be ao good thing. I happen to know a bit about this from the business my brother and I started when we were kids: “Ye Old Leathercrafters” where we made quite a lot of money selling custom leather products at craft shows in the early 1970s. Anytime we tried to stamp anything on thin leather, it just turned out very badly and unfortunately it has never gotten any better. So, there you go! Thanks for the comments about TLSB!

  2. Guillaume Williams
    October 19th, 2009 at 16:26 | #2

    Pigskin? Does that cover both the old and new testaments or just the new testament? Shouldn’t you have use cattle or lambskin? :)

  3. October 20th, 2009 at 00:08 | #3

    I did not realize TLSB was pigskin. That is even more reason to buy one. I have had pigskin items that seemed indestructible.

  4. Mark of Brighton
    October 20th, 2009 at 11:43 | #4

    Pigskin, I hope I don’t get N1H1:). Sooie. Bought the genuine leather and it is a wonderful resource.

  5. James Gier
    October 21st, 2009 at 12:52 | #5

    I love my new “genuine leather” large print The Lutheran Study Bible. I think I could have gone without knowing the sacred Word of God is wrapped in swine skin. Maybe it has to do with “casting your pearls before (between swine-skin) swine,” or something like that. Glad to hear though of its near indestructibility. This is an excellent Study Bible. You need to advertise this in WORLD magazine and let other Christians know about it.

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